Tuesday, September 30, 2014

recipe: lemon garlic coconut oil dressing

The best dressing that I have ever had was this lemon garlic dressing from Tessemae's. I gave out samples for them and fell in love. All of their dressings are made with very few ingredients, all of which are real things. Which is great, because we all want to know what we are eating, right? This one in particular is made with 5 ingredients. So when I decided that I wanted to make a dressing with coconut oil, this is the one I wanted to try to recreate. But also, it's only 5 ingredients... so it's not complicated at all.
Lemon Garlic Coconut Oil Dressing
Ingredients:
- 1 cup coconut oil, melted
- The juice of one lemon
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together.

Now this dressing doesn't sit mixed for very long. I store the dressing in a small mason jar with a lid on the counter. I use a spoon rather than pouring it from the jar though. It's delicious! Try not to drink it though... I was pretty tempted to do that myself.

xo, Savannah


Monday, September 29, 2014

keep on dreaming

This is a lyric from an Eli Young Band song and I love it so. It's so appropriate for my life right now. I, along with many of my friends, am in a place where I super don't know what tomorrow holds. In a place where I have dreamt up thousands of different paths my life could take. I have so many ideas and hopes and dreams and they keep coming every single day. I am constantly realizing dreams that I never knew I had. It gets overwhelming at times because it seems nearly impossible for all of these things to happen simultaneously, at least as far as I can see. Especially when so many times, a dream dies. The things is, things will happen the way God intends them to, so I will keep hoping for the times where he shows me His dreams for me. I will keep dreaming and weed through them until I know the ones that align perfectly with His.

xo, Savannah


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Friday, September 26, 2014

the gluten free stigma

So recently I wrote about being a Type 1 diabetic and the frustrations associated with that. Well, in addition to being a Type 1 diabetic, I also have celiac disease. I know. Pitiful, right? I was diagnosed with celiac at the beginning of 2008. My diagnosis was bittersweet. I had being feeling horribly for quite a while so there was some relief in knowing the cause.

WHAT IS CELIAC?
Let me explain the disease to you, so that you can better understand why it's kind of a big deal. Celiac disease is an auto-immune disease (like Type 1 diabetes. Also, if you have one auto-immune disease you are much more likely to have another. A lot of T1D have celiac). Having celiac disease does not mean I am allergic to gluten, though some people can have an allergy to gluten. Celiac disease means that your body attacks the small intestine when you ingest gluten. You have these finger-like things in your small intestine called villi, that absorb nutrients. So when you eat a tomato, it's the villi that take all the good stuff from that tomato and puts that into your bloodstream. Well, when someone with celiac eats gluten these villi are flattened so they are not able to absorb nutrients very well. HELLO!!! This is a big deal. This is why the symptoms of celiac can be so different. Everything in your body needs nutrients.

When I was diagnosed with celiac I was severely anemic and I had to get 4 iron transfusions. My body hadn't been absorbing iron so I was exhausted all the time. The last time I had a test performed to see how the villi were doing in my small intestine, they were still flattened. The doctor didn't seem too concerned and he said it takes different people different amounts of time for the small intestine to heal. So, I continue to eat gluten free. I don't feel particularly bad but I do wonder if there are things happening on the inside that I don't know about. 

THE GLUTEN-FREE STIGMA
Celiac disease brings many frustrations and most of them are not related to gluten-free eating. Not being able to eat gluten isn't really the worst part of celiac. It's the stigma attached to gluten-free eating. People think I'm asking about ingredients because I'm "one of those people" who are eating gluten-free and they don't even know what gluten is. Listen up people- even if I was one of those people, let me ask, ok?! I have a right to know what I'm eating. I was a server off and on for 5 years, so I know that finding out the ingredients or how something is made is really not that big of a deal. Eye rolls are not necessary. When someone is requesting these things at a restaurant, we just have to assume that they have a good reason.

The other equally frustrating part of celiac disease are the doctors. I don't know what it is about gastrointestinal issues, but gastroenterologists can be the worst. I have talked to several at my job and they are so over celiac disease. I actually had one doctor tell me that nausea wasn't a symptom of celiac disease. This was his specialty (the stomach & intestines) and he actually didn't know that nausea was a symptom of the disease. Gastro doctors don't take the disease very seriously. I cannot find a doctor anywhere in the state of Tennessee that specializes in the disease. My doctor is perfectly nice. He just seems so nonchalant, so I'm always on the lookout for a better gastroenterologist. 

ACTUALLY GLUTEN-FREE
Luckily, eating gluten free nowadays isn't that big of a deal. Savannah is a precious angel from heaven and eats & cooks gluten free most of the time like a champ. We have separate toasters so she can eat non-gluten free bread toasted. You have to think of things like that. You can't just worry about whether or not something has gluten in it. You have to worry about cross-contamination. So if a little piece of her bread got on my bread, I could get sick from that. That's frustrating and it takes lots of thought and planning. Then there is the issue of products that don't have gluten in them but are manufactured in facilities that make gluten containing foods as well. You can't really eat those things as well. So really examining labels is crucial, but it has become second nature to me. 
So next time you talk to someone who is eating gluten free, just give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they are following a fad or maybe they have celiac or they have an allergy. Who cares?! If you really want to show some love to a gluten free eater, remember them the next time you are cooking or baking something where they are attending. My friends are fabulous about this and always consider me by having a gluten free option available. I can't express to you how much this means to me. 
 -Casey
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

inspired five: different and better

1. Remember this.

I love this little quote. Most of the time, things don't turn out the way you want them to or think they will. It's not a bad thing. It's just life. We don't have all the answers, therefore we don't know what the future holds. We can dream, we can think and we can hope about what will come next, but we can never really know for sure. So keep dreaming and hoping. And if it turns out different than you thought it would, get excited! Because that is where you are supposed to be.
2. Decorate this.
3. Photograph this.
4. Make this.
5. Get bangs like this.
xo, Savannah
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

recipe: gf cinnamon roll biscuit skillet cake (with coconut oil)

In honor of the first day of fall, we bring you a deliciously sweet, warm and cozy treat. We've been talking about making a cinnamon roll inspired recipe for a while now, because we LOVE cinnamon rolls. The thing is, gluten-free cinnamon rolls are just a little too complicated for our kitchen. We've made them once, they were delicious, but we wanted that same cinnamon roll flavor without all the fuss. So, we bring you gluten-free cinnamon roll biscuit skillet cake. Promise, the name is way more complicated than the recipe.
GF Cinnamon Roll Biscuit Skillet Cake
Ingredients:
- 2 Tbs. coconut oil (melted)
- 2 1/2 cups gluten-free baking mix
- 1/2 cup water
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla

For Cinnamon Swirl
- 4 Tbs. coconut oil (melted)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbs. cinnamon 

For Glaze-
- 2 Tbs. coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp. almond milk (or milk of choice)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. In a skillet, melt 2 Tbs. coconut oil over medium heat.
3. Mix together baking mix, water, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
4. Add mixture to the skillet.
5. Mix together cinnamon swirl ingredients and place in a baggie.
6. Snip off a corner of the baggie and squeeze mixture into a swirl on top of the mixture in the skillet.
7. Place skillet in the oven for 20 minutes.
8. Mix together glaze ingredients and drizzle over the cake.
9. Slice the cake and serve warm!

Now if you are only cooking for 1 or 2 people like us, you may want to invite some friends over to prevent you from eating all of this in a day. Trust me, they will thank you.

xo, Savannah

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Monday, September 22, 2014

in the meadow

So maybe you've noticed we haven't been blogging as much lately. We've been so crazy busy lately preparing for festivals. We've hated not being on the blog as much especially since we've really tried to blog everyday. Major fail. Please forgive us. 

Moving right along...So we knew after the first festival that we were gonna need a little break. We booked a place I stayed at last year for 3 days that is about 30 minutes outside of Nashville called Penuel Ridge. The experience was wonderful. If you are in the area and need to get away, I highly recommend this place. The cost for staying there is only $35 and the accommodations are very nice and the house is on such a beautiful piece of land. Unfortunately due to our schedules we could only get away for one night, but we made the most of our time there. 
Savannah's wearing: lace kimono- Hey Wanderer// shorts- Abercrombie & Fitch (vintage)//t-shirt- Hey Wanderer// boots- Minnetonka// hat- Target via Plato's Closet// ring- Urban Outfitters
Casey's wearing: kimono- Hey Wanderer//top- Bar III// pants- //necklace- High Garden Tea
XOXO- Casey
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